Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Can Describe Photos to Blind Users

Facebook debuted a new artificial intelligence system today that can describe photos in stunning detail, making the social network even more accessible to visually impaired users.”Worldwide, more than 39 million people are blind, and more than 246 million have a severe visual impairment. As Facebook becomes an increasingly visual experience, we hope our new automatic alternative text technology will help the blind community experience Facebook the same way others enjoy it,” a Facebook blog post today from Facebook’s Head of Accessibility Jeffrey Wieland and his team said.Using Facebook’s object recognition technology, automatic alternative text generates information about a photo. Visually impaired people using screen readers on iOS devices will hear a photo described to them with more context. For instance, Facebook says its artificial intelligence system can even provide such…

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